What is Warrior Mail?
Children who spend a lot of time in hospital struggle with isolation and loneliness, missing large amounts of school, sports and leisure activities. Their siblings often also feel lonely and forgotten, as all the attention focuses on the child who is fighting.
Every month, Warrior Mail features a local Perth child who is doing it tough in their fight with a serious illness or disability, or one of their siblings. We will share their stories of bravery and hope, and encourage you to send cards or letters bearing messages of support, strength and love to lift their spirits.
Bringing a smile to a child is as simple as a few words, a handmade card or a drawing. Get your school, sports club, retirement village or community group on board and help brighten a Warrior’s day!
November’s Warrior – Hunter
On the 6th of November 2016, Hunter was enjoying himself at the spring fair like any other 3 year old. He was recovering from an ear infection and pneumonia and was looking quite pale.
Concerned, his mother touched his chest and immediately realized something wasn’t quite right. Hunter’s heart was racing. He was rushed to PMH in an ambulance, and was later diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. In an instant the family’s world was turned upside down.
Hunter has endured 6 intense rounds of chemotherapy over the past year. He has had countless anaesthetics, blood transfusions, IV and oral medications.
Hunter is now 4, and has spent a huge part of the last year admitted into hospital for both routine and emergency stays. He has had to grow up very quickly and has lost an innocence no child should ever have taken away. Hunter’s treatment will continue for another 2 1/2 years, with an end date of May 2020.
Despite everything he has been through and everything still to come, Hunter is still an exuberant little boy with a cheeky personality, who loves playing with his friends, fishing and making up silly jokes and elaborate stories about dinos!
Hunter loves dinosaurs, dancing, music and playing with his little brother Zac.